Tuesday, April 26, 2005

God Who Works in You

"...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose" (Philippians 2:12-13).

There's work for me to do in response to the salvation God graciously gave me--not out of anxiety or doubt, but out of reverence and gratitude. No room for laziness and complacency.

Yet, nothing I desire that's in line with God's will, and nothing I do that's in line with His good and perfect purposes, is of myself. Any good I desire or act on is because of His working in me. It's only His Holy Spirit in me that enables me to love what He loves, to hate what He hates, and to act according to His good purpose. I have nothing to be prideful about, and everything to be thankful for.

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